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Help Us Improve Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing

Posted by Julie King on Dec 15, 2016 2:35:42 PM

Take the 2017 Northeast Ohio Manufacturers Survey

With generous funding from The Cleveland Foundation, WIRE-Net is entering a third year of collaboration with MAGNET on the Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing (ACM) initiative to provide Cleveland companies with training, consultation, or peer-learning groups in an effort to boost economic growth and job creation, one plant at a time.

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Topics: Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, MAGNET, The Cleveland Foundation, Manufacturing, Apprenticeships

Experienced Adults Represent a Significant Workforce for Social Good

Posted by Jessica Westropp on Sep 14, 2016 10:43:16 AM

The Encore movement is a national effort to leverage the energy and experience of Americans who seek to fill community needs upon retirement or near the end of their primary careers. Launched in 2013 by the Cleveland Foundation, Encore Cleveland helps to connect and fund a network of organizations to provide experienced Greater Clevelanders with an array of meaningful opportunities in the community.

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Topics: Max S. Hayes High School, Encore Cleveland, Technical Corps Program, Technical Education, Career Pathways, Welding, Manufacturing, Automotive, Cleveland Foundation

Technical Corps Program Prepares Students For Welding Careers

Posted by Jessica Westropp on Jul 21, 2016 12:43:29 PM

WIRE-Net’s Youth Programs, in collaboration with Max S. Hayes High School, were pleased to finish the 2015-16 with some great success stories from the Technical Corps Program (TCP) that made its debut in the machining, welding, and manufacturing design career pathways. Gary Dudich, a retired Journeyman Iron Worker, served as a Technical Corps member in the welding lab during the Spring semester.

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Topics: Max S. Hayes High School, Encore Cleveland, Technical Corps Program, Technical Education, Career Pathways, Welding, Manufacturing, Automotive, Cleveland Foundation

Proposed Minimum Wage Law to Create Good Paying Jobs Will Not Be Achieved

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Jun 8, 2016 12:52:55 PM

For the last 30 years, my work has focused on working with Cleveland based manufacturers and helping them compete, invest, grow and add jobs in the city.

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Topics: Membership, Manufacturing, City of Cleveland, Advocacy, Training, Good Paying Jobs, Minimum Wage, Economic Development

What I Learned About SEO and Inbound Marketing

Posted by Julie King on May 23, 2016 12:50:44 PM

People search the internet for basically three things: 1. To Solve Problems, 2. Find/Purchase Items, and 3. To Be Entertained. The best inbound marketing sites should do all three. During Friday's growth workshop we learned how to build a roadmap for each of our products to attract more target customers.

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Topics: Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, Lead Generation, Inbound Marketing, SEO, Manufacturing, Social Media, Website Design, Mobile, Online Brand Strategy, Growth Workshop, SlewPro

Urban Manufacturing Growth Strategy Is Working in Cleveland

Posted by Julie King on Nov 16, 2015 2:56:55 PM

In early 2015, a Cleveland manufacturer employing 76 skilled workers including welders, machinists, and engineers confided that he wanted to develop a value engineering program and add customers in Northeast Ohio. A growth assessment identified three priorities: 1) Find financing to enable a $600K process automation investment, along with associated process improvement to make best use of the equipment, 2) Increase plant efficiency by engaging employees to take ownership of continuous improvement, and 3) recruit an open Manufacturing Lead position.

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Topics: News, Accelerate Cleveland Manufacturing, Cleveland, Manufacturing, Martindale Electric Co.

Cleveland is CIRIous about Business Retention and Expansion

Posted by Eli Dile on Oct 20, 2015 1:34:00 PM

Manufacturing is alive and well on the Cuyahoga, thanks in large part to the Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI).

CIRI, the business retention and expansion (BRE) program of Cleveland’s Economic Development Department, that is managed by a nonprofit that offers complementary services-the Westside Industrial Retention and Expansion Network, a.k.a. WIRE-Net-has been a trusted partner of Cleveland manufacturers since 1986.

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Topics: Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI), Partnerships, Manufacturing, International Economic Development Council, Business Expansion and Retention

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